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The Windows Task Manager is an important tool for every Windows user. It can show you why your computer is slow and help you deal with misbehaving and resource-hungry programs, whether they’re draining CPU, RAM, disk, or network resources.

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Just because an email shows up in your inbox labeled Bill.Smith@somehost.com, doesn’t mean that Bill actually had anything to do with it. Read on as we explore how to dig in and see where a suspicious email actually came from.

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If you’re working on a long document in Word, you’ll probably be opening it often until it’s completed. Rather than opening Word to the general start screen, and then opening the file, you can automatically open the last document you were working on.

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We often fixate on smartphone battery life, but most laptops still don’t have all-day battery life. Rather than always using your laptop tethered to an outlet, here are some ways to squeeze more life from your laptop’s battery.

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In Word 2013, you can select one of several units of measurement for the ruler. You may be working on a document for someone who measures their margins, tabs, etc. in a different set of units than you usually use. It’s easy to change.

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By default, Word automatically saves your document at certain intervals. If you’re concerned about losing data, you can decrease the interval. If you’re distracted by the hard drive crunching too often, you can increase the interval. Either way, changing this interval is easy.

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Windows installation disc-customizing tools are always useful. They allow you to add Windows updates to your installation media, streamline the installation process by filling in your product key and other information, and customize Windows’ default settings.

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It’s happened to most of us. You delete a file and realize you need it back. This guide will explain when you can get that file back and how to go about it.

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Google is now pushing Chrome packaged apps, but many Chrome apps are still shortcuts to websites. You can make  your own custom web apps that function as shortcuts if the website you want isn’t available in the Chrome Web Store.

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Deleting the cache is definitely something you’ll want to do if you are worried about your privacy. Just keep in mind that deleting the cache will only sorta delete those files — unless you overwrite the free space, you aren’t really deleting anything permanently. All you have to do is run a few utilities, and those deleted files are most likely going to be recovered.

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Sandboxing is an important security technique that isolates programs, preventing malicious or malfunctioning programs from damaging or snooping on the rest of your computer. The software you use is already sandboxing much of the code you run every day.

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Do you ever have those moments when curiosity for the sake of fun gets a hold of you? Perhaps that curiosity gets focused on computer-related “what ifs”, such as how well a very old operating system would do if used with today’s modern apps and web? Nazmus Shakib Khandaker decided to find out how well Windows 98 could and would do in 2013.

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Browser extensions extend your web browser with additional features, modify web pages, and integrate your browser with the other services you use. This guide will introduce you to the world of browser extensions and help you get started.

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PC gaming isn’t quite as simple as console gaming. If you have a laptop with weak graphics hardware or an older PC, it’s important to check whether your computer can support a game before you spend your hard-earned cash.

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Your computer has a massive hard drive that you significantly underuse. Would decreasing the size of the primary partition actually increase the lifespan of the drive?

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Are you just getting started with learning PowerShell or tired of looking up less frequently used commands? Then this terrific set of PowerShell quick reference guides from Microsoft is just what you need!

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You use Picasa to manage your photos and you do most of your photo sharing with friends on Facebook. Wouldn’t it be great if they played together? Read on as we streamline your sharing workflow so photos organized, edited, tagged, and annotated in Picasa hop right over to Facebook.

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There are some things you can only do from the command line, even on Windows. Some of these tools don’t have graphical equivalents, while others are just plain faster to use than their graphical interfaces.

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Some slow-moving businesses and government agencies may not accept documents over email, forcing you to fax them in. If you are forced to send a fax, you can do it from your computer for free.

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Remote printing doesn’t have to be hard, whether you want to print to a printer down the hall or half-way around the world. We’ll cover some simple ways you can print without being directly connected to your printer.

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There was a time when we had to worry about manually updating desktop applications. Adobe Flash and Reader were full of security holes and didn’t update themselves, for example — but those days are largely behind us.

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Windows 8.1 bought some of the more common folders to the top of the “This PC” window. Having used Windows since its inception, we find this looks odd and sought to fix it.

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The web is littered with traps for novice users when downloading software, from fake “Download” buttons that are actually advertisements to installers full of bundled toolbars and other junk software. Learning how to avoid the junk is an important skill.

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The Windows desktop is the sole platform without an app store-style software installation process. Smartphones, tablets, Macs, and Linux PCs all allow you to quickly install multiple programs — but this is more complicated on Windows.

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If you were one of the people worried that Windows 7 would be left behind with regard to Internet Explorer 11, then you will definitely feel better after today’s news. Microsoft has just released a developer preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 32 and 64 bit operating systems.

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